A person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
Physical or mental impairment includes
Long-term means that the impairment has lasted or is likely to last for at least 12 months or for the rest of the affected person’s life.
Substantial means more than minor or trivial.
Day-to-day activities includes activities such as walking, driving, using public transport, cooking, eating, lifting and carrying objects, writing, going to the toilet, talking, listening etc.
In most circumstances, a person will have the protected characteristic of disability if they have had a disability in the past, even if they no longer have the disability.
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